Hilton Head Island holds MLK celebration with pandemic safety precautions

Hilton Head Island holds MLK celebration with pandemic safety precautions

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WTOC) - Some towns and cities still held MLK Day celebrations. Residents in Hilton Head were able to gather safely Monday to celebrate.

Dozens of Hilton Head residents came together in a parade meant to celebrate and honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“I’m super excited about the week. We have had a phenomenal week of turnout. We have had a phenomenal week of group of speakers,” MLK Committee President Galen Miller said.

The committee put together a virtual, week-long celebration this year.

“We were able to put something really special together thanks to a lot of teamwork.”

Instead of the normal March, they held a drive-through parade.

“Very pleased to see something happening here. Please to see people starting to line up and participate. It’s a good day,” Ward 1 Town Councilman Alexander Brown said.

Every other event except the graveyard cleanup was virtual. 30 speakers representing every walk of life were invited to speak on Dr. King’s message.

“Even though we can’t be together physically, we are doing all the virtual stuff and it’s been really good. I think like my mom said every education is the most important part of that of keeping Dr. King’s message alive,” speaker Isabella Miller said.

Those talks will continue through Monday and into Tuesday. The committee says they just wanted to make sure Dr. King was celebrated.

“We did not want this day to be forgotten. We knew it was important to have this.”

“I’m glad we get to continue the tradition at least in some form.”

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